NBA Trade Rumors: Latest on Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, Jeremy Lin and More
After a fast and furious opening to the NBA offseason, it appears that the trade winds are dying down a bit.
The early offseason was marked by a whirlwind of moves soon after the NBA Finals, including the Boston Celtics blowing up their team, the Los Angeles Clippers morphing into a legitimate Western Conference contender and an NBA draft that provided more surprises than any in recent memory. It may be a while before the next blockbuster goes down.
The rumor mill hasn't been short on big names. Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, Jeremy Lin and many other names have been bandied about by opposing GMs. But it appears they may all be staying put.
Here's the latest.
Pistons Make an Offer for Rudy Gay; Raptors Not Buying It
The Detroit Pistons are among the teams with the most cap space available this offseason, but they have yet to make a big splash with all of their flexibility. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN via Marc Stein, the Pistons attempted to make that big splash by trading with the Toronto Raptors for Rudy Gay.
My man @WindhorstESPN reporting that Pistons have offered expiring deals of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva to Toronto for Rudy Gay— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2013
Gay is set to make $17.8 million next season with a player option for an additional season at $19.3 million, according to HoopsHype.
However, Chris Broussard of ESPN has reported that the Raptors have no interest in dealing Gay.
I'm told the Raptors are not looking to get rid of Rudy Gay and his contract— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 3, 2013
The Raptors acquired Gay in a six-player, three-team deal on January 31 that included the Pistons, who gave up Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince in exchange for Jose Calderon.
Now it appears that the Pistons will have to look for another trade target or go to free agency to fill their need for an upgrade at small forward. Villanueva and Stuckey are both on expiring contracts for $8.5 million, so the team can offer some cap flexibility for teams looking to unload a small forward.
Rondo to Remain a Celtic
The Boston Celtics may have unloaded Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett this offseason, but C's president Danny Ainge has made it clear that the team won't be shipping star point guard Rajon Rondo off anytime soon.
Boston has fielded several calls from teams interested in acquiring not only Rondo, but a slew of other Celtics players as well, per USA Today:
"Maybe the assumption is that we'll give away any of our players," Ainge said on Monday, listing not just Rondo but Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger and first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk as players who have attracted interest. "There's been calls for all those guys. And maybe the assumption is we are just changing everybody, but we're not.
"We're starting to get younger."
The Celtics have certainly shown that they are committed to a youth movement. The team recently announced via their team website that 36-year-old Brad Stevens will be hired as Doc Rivers' replacement as head coach.
Though it may seem that Ainge is blowing things up, it would appear that he has a specific vision for the team going forward.
Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik Not on the Block in Houston
It's no secret that the Rockets' top priority this offseason is signing Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard. However, some have speculated that his arrival would signal the end of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik's time in a Rockets uniform.
GM Daryl Morey took to the Houston Chronicle to note that Lin and Asik would not be shopped in the event that Howard chooses the Rockets. Here's what he had to say to Jonathan Feigen:
Both with Omer and Jeremy, we feel like they’re good fits for Dwight. Omer with Dwight would give us the best (centers) in the league in combination. Jeremy is an attacking guard, great in pick-and-roll, a great fit for Dwight. Dwight works great with shooting and attacking guards. Harden is great at both. That’s why he’s an All Star.
Both Lin and Asik played their first seasons for Houston in 2012-13. Asik started all 82 games and averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, while Lin also started all 82 games and averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 assists.
Pelicans Receiving Interest in Robin Lopez; Unlikely to Release Him
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported on July 1 that the New Orleans Pelicans may be looking to deal big man Robin Lopez to clear cap space for restricted free agent Tyreke Evans.
Two days later, Wojnarowski has reported that there is a market for Lopez and the team will likely guarantee his contract this week so that it can move him.
With so much trade interest in center Robin Lopez, it is unlikely the Pelicans will fail to guarantee his contract this week.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2013
He also lists Indiana and Portland as possible destinations for the big man.
Portland is a possible destination for center Robin Lopez, with Indiana and others on a short list in pursuit, league sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2013
While Robin may not be as talented as his twin brother Brook Lopez, he's still a capable NBA center who averaged 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in 82 starts for the Pelicans last season.
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